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11 And as he was in a certain place praying, one of his disciples said to him when he ceased “Sir, teach us to pray, the same as John taught his disciples.” 2 And he said to them “When you pray, say ‘Father, may thy name be kept holy, thy reign come; 3 give us our next day’s bread day by day. 4* And forgive us our sins, for so do we forgive everyone who owes us anything. And do not have us fall under temptation.’” 5 And he said to them “Which of you shall have a friend and go to him at midnight and say to him ‘Friend, lend me three cakes of bread, 6 since a friend of mine has arrived at my house and I have nothing to set before him,’ 7 and he shall answer from inside ‘Do not bother me; the door is locked now, and my children are in the bed with me; I cannot get up and give you anything’— 8 I tell you, even if he shall not get up and give him anything because of being his friend, for his unashamedness he will rise and give him whatever he wants. 9 And I tell you, ask and you will have things given to you; look and you will find; knock and you will be opened to; 10 for every asker receives, and the seeker finds, and the knocker will be opened to. 11 And which of you that is a father will his son ask for a fish and he hand him a snake instead of a fish? 12 or ask for an egg and he hand him a scorpion? 13 So if you, being bad, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father from heaven give Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” 14 And he was expelling a demon, a dumb one, and when the demon had gone out the dumb man spoke. And the crowds wondered; 15 but some of them said “It is by Beelzebul the head of the demons that he expels the demons,” 16 and others, to test him, tried to get from him a token out of heaven. 17 But he, knowing their ideas, said to them “Any kingdom that is divided against itself is laid waste, and house falls upon house. 18 And if Satan too is divided against himself how shall his kingdom be kept up? since you say it is by Beelzebul that I expel the demons. 19 But if it is by Beelzebul that I expel the demons, by whom do your sons expel them? accordingly they shall be your judges. 20 But if I expel the demons by the finger of God, then the Reign of God has overtaken you. 21 When a strong man, armed, guards his own premises, his property is in safety; 22 but when a stronger man comes on and defeats him he takes from him the weapons and armor in which he had trusted, and gives away the spoils. 23 He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. 24 When an unclean spirit comes out of a man it goes through waterless tracts looking for a resting-place, and upon not finding one it says ‘I will return to my home that I came from’; 25 and when it gets there it finds it swept and put in order; 26 then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits viler than itself, and they go in and live there, and that man’s last stage comes to be worse than his first.” 27 And while he was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him “Happy the body in which you were carried, and the breasts that you sucked!” 28 But he said “Nay, happy are those who listen to God’s word and live up to it.” 29 And while the crowds were collecting round him he began to say “This generation is a wicked generation; it is looking for a token and will be given none but the token of Jonah; 30 for as Jonah was a token to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31* The queen of the south shall indict the men of this generation and convict them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now here is more than Solomon. 32 The men of Nineveh shall indict this generation and convict it, because they repented at Jonah’s proclamation and now here is more than Jonah. 33* Nobody after lighting a lamp puts it in a cupboard or under the peck measure, but on the stand, that those who step in may see the glow. 34 Your eye is the body’s lamp: when your eye is free your whole body too is light, but when it is mean your body too is dark. 35 So be looking to see whether the light in you is not darkness. 36 If, then, your body is all light, not having any part dark, it shall be all light as when the lamp lights you with its blaze.” 37 And while he was speaking a Pharisee asked him to lunch with him; and he went in and took his place at the table. 38 And at seeing this the Pharisee wondered that he had not first dipped in water before lunch. 39 But the Lord said to him “At present you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but your inside is full of rapacity and rascality. 40 Silly men, did not the maker of the outside make the inside too? 41* Instead, give in charity what is in the dishes, and you have everything clean. 42 But woe to you Pharisees, because you tithe the mint and the rue and every vegetable and you slight justice and the love of God; but you ought to have done these and not let those slip. 43 Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the first seat in synagogues, and greetings in the marketplaces. 44 Woe to you because you are like unmarked tombs that men walk over without knowing it.” 45 And one of the legists answered him “Teacher, in saying these things you are insulting us too.” 46 But he said “Woe to you too, you legists, because you load men down with loads hard to carry and do not touch the loads yourselves with one of your fingers. 47 Woe to you because you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them; 48 you are witnesses, then, and approve of your fathers’ deeds, because they killed them and you build. 49 Accordingly God’s wisdom has said ‘I will send among them prophets and apostles, and some they will kill and will persecute, 50 that this generation may answer for the blood of all the prophets, shed since the foundation of the world, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah who perished between the altar and the house:’ yes, I tell you, this generation shall answer for it. 52 Woe to you legists, because you have taken away the key of knowledge; you did not go in yourselves and you prevented those who were going in.” 53 And when he came out from there the scribes and the Pharisees began to be savagely hostile and to quiz him about numerous things, 54 watching him for a chance to snap up something out of his mouth;